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Comment Whatevs dude (Score 2) 109

The guy who is ran Cisco into the ground by off shoring and heavy H1B hiring is complaining about the US falling behind other countries? Really? Does he mean shareholder value? In my opinion this guy and others like him are a big part of the problem. If all the good jobs are being handed away because companies want to save money, then there is no incentive to pursue those jobs by folks who need to make a decent living in this economy. The only agenda he is speaking of is shareholder profits.

Comment Re:Running? (Score 1) 158

I've worked a contract once that sound just like this, but rather there was so much turnaround there was a constant brain-drain. Crazy old stuff. After rolling out, "Your stuff is going break and you'll loose all your data forever" the manager said that would be OK because he wasn't being allocated the funds he needed to fix it. I kept things together the best I could but eventually realized I was being set up for failure. I was going to be the scapegoat. So I updated my resume and noped the heck out of there.

Later checked in with a friend who was still down there and sure enough things were failing with no option for recovery. They eventually nope out too.

Comment Re:Top secret data accessable from Internet. (Score 3, Interesting) 123

A few scenarios are possible:

1. Some high muckedy muck decided they wanted access to the data for some thingy and squashed the CIO/ISSO when they objected. This happens all the time.
2. Lots of compliance and security theater in place giving a false sense of security. What needed to get done wasn't done.
3. Probably some contractors involved who don't really care except to get paid.
4. Inside job.

Comment The tapes were re-used (Score 3, Insightful) 307

A while back there was a huge hunt to find the original tapes used to record the lunar landing. It is suspected that the tape was re-used due to NASA's tight budget and they couldn't afford more tape. The tape was very expensive at the time so it was common to just re-use what they could find. The Apollo mission was done, so why would they need to keep the tape around. I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time.

That or it's stashed under someone's coffee table and forgotten about.

Comment Oversimplified (Score 1) 74

It's a oversimplification to say the creators of software and hardware that make up networks and services must be held accountable for security. There is an inherent state that many of the bugs that get exploited are unknowable until somone stumbles upon them. Either the software's creator or the bad-actor finds it first and that's where the trouble lies.

I think the larger issue is the design of the internet is way too open and without any accountability.

All science is either physics or stamp collecting. -- Ernest Rutherford